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Khan to fight Salita in Newcastle

Amir Khan
Khan has won 21 of his 22 professional fights

British boxer Amir Khan will make the first defence of his WBA light-welterweight title against the unbeaten Ukrainian Dmitriy Salita in Newcastle.

Promoter Frank Warren confirmed the fight will take place on 5 December.

Khan, 22, will be defending the title he won in July when he beat another Ukranian Andreas Kotelnik.

"For Amir's first defence this is a very tough fight," said Warren. "He's taking on a fighter the American media are really building up at the moment."

New-York based Salita, the WBA mandatory challenger, has 30 wins and one draw to his name. The 27-year-old is nicknamed 'The Star of David' due to his Jewish roots and has 16 knockouts on his record.

He made his professional debut in 2001 and last fought in May, defeating American Raul Munoz on points.

Warren added: "Salita's got a great record, he's unbeaten and carries a big punch and of course he will pose a threat to Amir, but Amir's a world-class fighter and has to deal with these challengers."


The fight will take place at the Metro Radio Arena, the first time Khan will have fought in Newcastle.

"I've promoted a lot of shows in Newcastle with all the big names like Naz (Naseem Hamed), Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton and Nigel Benn and I'm delighted to bring Amir to the city for the first time," said Warren.

"The public there are big sports fans and love the big events and it's great to bring them a fight like Khan v Salita."

Khan defeated Kotelnik in Manchester with a fine performance and has lost only once in 22 professional fights.

That defeat came in September 2008 when he was knocked out inside the first minute of his WBO intercontinental lightweight title defence by Colombia's Breidis Prescott.

see also
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Khan would fight 'friend' Hatton
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Gavin after title shot with Khan
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Khan's victory in photos
19 Jul 09 |  Boxing
Emphatic Khan claims world title
18 Jul 09 |  Boxing
Roach angry at Khan fight delay
18 Jun 09 |  Boxing
Khan set for title fight in 2009
15 Mar 09 |  Boxing
Rees stopped in WBA title defence
22 Mar 08 |  Boxing
Bloodied Barrera beaten by Khan
15 Mar 09 |  Boxing
Khan knocked out in first round
06 Sep 08 |  Boxing
Ferocious DeGale impresses in win
15 May 09 |  Boxing
British trio make winning starts
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